The Federal Ministry of Education and Research presents the Medical Informatics Initiative at MEDICA 2019

Networking data, improving health care – that’s what the Federal Government’s Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) stands for. The aim of the initiative, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is to improve research opportunities and patient care through innovative IT solutions. From 18 to 21 November 2019 visitors can come into a conversation with experts of the MII Consortia on our exhibition stand hall 13, booth F46.

On Tuesday, 19th November 2019, the session „The Learning Health System: The Medical Informatics Initiative Germany and the Future of Data-driven Medical Research“ of the MEDICA HEALTH IT Forum will take place with international panel speakers from 01:00 to 02:30 pm in hall 13, booth E82. SMITH will be presented in a short lecture by Prof. Dr. Gernot Marx, University Hospital RWTH Aachen; Clinical Director of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine and Intermediate Care and Second Spokesman of the SMITH Consortium. Also, on this day, you can meet one of our experts at the exhibition stand.

Further information: Medica Website

Strengthening Medical Informatics Education | Lecture on the master program “Medical Data Science” at the GMA Annual Conference 2019

In September 2020, the master’s programme Medical Data Science will start at the RWTH International Academy in Aachen. Dr. Ulrike Schemmann (Aachen) and Prof. Cord Spreckelsen (Jena) will present this course at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Education 2019 in Frankfurt am Main on Thursday, September 26, 2019: “Medical Data Science – ein berufsbegleitender interprofessioneller Masterstudiengang an der Schnittstelle von Medizin und Informatik “. The lecture (#292) will take place in the context of the session Interprofessionelle Ausbildung 1 at 17.30 in lecture hall 3.

The GMA Annual Conference 2019 will be hosted by the Association for Medical Education from 25 to 28 September, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main. The main theme of the conference will be interprofessional teaching.

Save the Date:
26.09.2019 | 5.30 pm | Session Interprofessionelle Ausbildung 1 | HS 3
Lecture: “Medical Data Science – ein berufsbegleitender interprofessioneller Masterstudiengang an der Schnittstelle von Medizin und Informatik“

To the website GMA Annual Conference 2019

SMITH Job Rotation Program begins

The aim of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) funded collaborative project SMITH (Smart Medical Information Technology for Healthcare) is to develop an innovative structure for cross-institutional networking and the exchange of research and healthcare data between the nine participating university hospitals.

Within the framework of the SMITH project, rotation positions are available in Jena

(4 positions each over 6 months with 100% support or 12 months with 50% support)

The rotation positions offer you the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary research projects in the context of medical informatics. Ideally, clinically active employees will move to the data integration center, while scientists from the field of medical informatics will be involved in clinical research projects close to their area of research. Employees of the operative IT can also transfer to the data integration centre for a limited period of time or employees of the data integration centre can also transfer to the operative IT.

The program is aimed at people who are currently employed (in the fields of IT/medicine/life sciences).

If you are interested, please send us an application. This should include the following documents: a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, if applicable, and a letter of motivation (no more than 3 pages), which describes your research question or questions and outlines an appropriate project.

Please indicate your desired time period for the rotation in your application.

The rotation program ends in December 2021. Applications in 2021 can be accepted up to 6 months before the end of the program.

Please send your application (preferably online) to:

Jena University Hospital
Institute of Medical Statistics, Computer and Data Sciences (IMSID)
Prof. Dr. Cord Spreckelsen
Bachstraße 18 I 07743 Jena I Germany

Curricular development in Biomedicine and Health Informatics | SMITH-JET Workshop on 11 September 2019 in Dortmund

The SMITH-Joint Expertise Center for Teaching (SMITH-JET) has developed from existing catalogs a BMHI learning objectives catalog as a basis for curricular development in Biomedical and Health Informatics (BMHI). The BMHI learning objectives catalog has been discussed and approved in several meetings with experts from the SMITH data integration centers, the SMITH consortium and representatives from all Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) consortia.

In order to continue this process and especially to promote discussion with students, SMITH-JET under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Alfred Winter, Deputy Director of the Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology (IMISE) of the University of Leipzig and 1st Vice President of the GMDS e. V., announces a workshop: 

Date:                Wednesday, 11.09.2019, 08.30 – 11.00 AM
Curriculum Development in Biomedical and Health Informatics
                         within the Medical Informatics Initiative
Location:         GMDS Annual Meeting 2019 in Dortmund

The aim of the workshop is to provide insights into the current curricular development in the Medical Informatics Initiative and to continue the cooperative, cross-consortium development of BMHI teaching, training and education. The 64th GMDS Annual Conference will take place in Dortmund from the 8th to the 11th of September 2019 under the motto “Shaping Change – Creative Solutions for Innovative Medicine”. The conference is the annual platform for the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology.

Further information:

Kick-off for the control phase in the ASIC Use Case

On the 1st of July 2019, the control phase in the Use Case ASIC (Algorithmic Surveillance of Intensive Care Unit Patients) was started. The aim of this project is to improve the quality of care in intensive care patients with ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) – a disease with high morbidity and mortality – by using existing routine clinical data. This is to be achieved through optimized diagnosis and improved adherence to therapy-guidelines.

With the start of the control phase, the status quo at the various university hospitals will be recorded. An application (ASIC App) will be provided for the consecutive quality improvement phase, which will allow continuous screening of the monitoring data via the patient data management system (PDMS) in critically ill patients at the ICU. If ARDS is suspected, the app alerts at an early stage and thus enables the physician to execute rapid diagnostic measures and guideline-adherent therapeutic action: The intensive care physicians check the diagnostic criteria of ARDS and receive the relevant therapeutic guideline-recommendations for the individual ARDS-severity.

The Use Case ASIC is registered in the German Register of Clinical Trials (DRKS). It can be viewed on the DRKS website and in the search portal of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The use case ASIC, which is being developed at the RWTH Aachen University Hospital, involves the university hospitals of Bonn, Düsseldorf, Halle, Hamburg, Jena, Leipzig and Rostock.

Data sharing for research projects |
Who does what, when and how?

Consortium-wide process modeling team at SMITH in Leipzig

Who does what, when and how, when patient data or laboratory data are needed for medical research projects? Using graphic models to develop a common understanding of processes is the aim of the Process Modeling Team in the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII).

The team with colleagues from all MII consortia and the TMF e. V. (technology and method platform for networked medical research) met this week for its second workshop – this time in Leipzig, after the first workshop at the Frankfurt University Hospital.

The process models are an important tool for the medical informatics initiative. With the models, the consortia and the working groups of the MII-accompanying structure can align their methods. For example, diagramming feasibility studies can verify if there is sufficient data to answer certain research questions. Further models describe procedures for applications and contracts for data use and the data delivery or the evaluation results themselves. The process models also help identify important clarifications and, if needed, necessary decisions in the MII, or developmental tasks. These include the questions:

  • “Are definitions lacking for communication between different institutions and consortia in a process part?”
  • “What are the priorities for the interface implementation?” or
  • “Does the planning of the overall communication test (projectathon) fit the criteria of the upcoming data center integration audits?”

In autumn the process models will be submitted to the National Steering Board (NSG) of the Medical Informatics Initiative for a decision. Afterwards the models could serve as a basis for many further projects.  Current model versions are already being used as a guide within the MII.

The process modeling team meets regularly with the general working groups of the MII, in particular with the data sharing and interoperability groups. The next meeting will take place on July 30, 2019 in Munich.

Process modeling team – Marcus Strobel (SMITH), Insa Kobylinski (HiGHmed), Dennis Kadioglu (MIRACUM), Raffael Bild (DIFUTURE), Thomas Wendt (SMITH), Robert Krock (TMF e.V.) (from left to right)

New Horizons in Digital Health 2019 |
Registration for 1st SMITH Congress is open!

Highlight the potential of the Medical Informatics Initiative and demonstrate the added value of digital medicine: The SMITH consortium invites you to the 1st SMITH Congress at dbb forum Berlin dated 17 to 18 September 2019. The theme of the congress is “New Horizons in Digital Health 2019”.

Main topics of the congress will be:

  • interoperability and data exchange
  • improvement in patient care in intensive care  and infection medicine
  • roll-out: integration of care and clinical research
  • digital medicine: future and added value.

A representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is inquired for the opening of the SMITH Congress. Dr. Gottfried Ludewig, Head of the Department for Digitization and Innovation of the Federal Ministry for Health as well as further-ranking experts of medical informatics and health care system will continue the debate on two days.

Registration and participation are available free as of now at

MII core data set in focus |
Cooperation between SMITH and HL7 Germany e.V.

The consortia of the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) are intensively engaged in the further development of the MII core data set. The SMITH consortium works closely with the standardization organization HL7 Deutschland e.V. and has developed common information models using the tools ART-DECOR and in several workshops on November 5th, 2018, December 13th, 2018, and most recently on April 29th and 30th, 2019.

The results have been incorporated into a first joint ART-DECOR training session for all MII consortia on 28 May.

Presently the SMITH data integration centres work closely together with their industrial partners to further develop the technical infrastructure for data extraction and transformation on the basis of the information models mentioned above.


Improving training and teaching in the MII |
SMITH organizes cross-consortia Workshop

The Teaching Working Group of the SMITH Consortium held a workshop on 24.05.2019.  Representatives and experts from the MI-I consortia SMITH, DIFUTURE, HiGHmed and MIRACUM, discussed the current state of the Biomedical and Health Informatics (BMHI) learning objectives catalog.  There was a consensus that the transfer of the catalog to different disciplines is a challenge.  However, it was also thought that the catalog can be used as a tool, and that broader agreement on the catalog is the next step. As part of further consortia cooperation, a workshop is planned during the GMDS Annual Conference in Dortmund in September.

Participants from MI-I consortia SMITH, DIFUTURE, HiGHmed and MIRACUM at the Workshop

Save the Date!
SMITH Congress “New Horizons in Digital Health 2019”

After more than a year of intensive project work, the SMITH consortium is planning a look ahead to the current status of the project, the current goals, the planned roll-out and the developments and needs of digital medicine.

For this purpose, the SMITH consortium organizes the congress

New Horizons in Digital Health 2019, which will take place from 17. – 18.09.2019 in the dbb forum Berlin.

The congress will provide a platform for the dynamic exchange between medical informatics and healthcare, current practice and future developments based on the results and progress of the SMITH consortium.

The main topics of our congress will be:

  • Interoperability and data exchange
  • Improvement in patient care in intensive care and infection medicine
  • Roll-out: integration of care and clinical research
  • Digital medicine: future and added value

Further event details as well as the possibility for free registrations will be available from June 2019 at